Reviewer:Bill T. -
March 28, 2006 Subject:
Kids! Cmon! Were seeing Child Bride!
'Everyone Must see this!. The titles scream. The question I have is WHY? This is a redneck romance at its finest! From what I can make of it, Dad is killed by Mom. Stranger who is not identified figures out Moms dirty secret and forces Mom to give up his daughter (who is like, what, 12?) to marry the sleazy stranger. Hilarity ensues! I like the accent the girl uses to make us totally realize were in hick country Naw.
June 26, 2005 Subject:
Really lame, even for something from 1938. The girl WAS 12. I can't belive you thought she was fourteen?? Look at those cheeks, she looks 10 at most.
May 6, 2005 Subject:
Not a 5-star film.
I heard about this film the other day so I looked for it on Usenet, and downloaded and watch it. The first reviewer above did a fine job of summarizing the story line so I wonÃÂt rehash it. As porn, it really isnÃÂt ÃÂ the concept of preteen marriage to an old guy is more shocking than any of the scenes in this film. Blue Lagoon or Pretty Baby are more graphic than this film is.
The characters, script and plot are simple and straightforward. The good guys are thoroughly good and the bad guy is unreservedly bad. He even wears a black hat throughout the film!
Responding to reviewer #2ÃÂs comments on the girlÃÂs age, the producers say sheÃÂs 12, not 9, and Shirley MillsÃÂ website says she was 12. The girl is underage by any standard but itÃÂs highly unlikely sheÃÂs 12. I have seen photos of my mother (not nude, of course!) taken the same year, when she was almost 15. Judging from the physical and facial development, I would put Shirley Mills at around 14. Twelve would be improbable and 9 would be impossible.
Am I suggesting that a conservative, single-issue interest group might alter the facts to advance their moral agenda? Well, imagine that. Trimming a few years off the starÃÂs age would serve everybodyÃÂs interests. For the producers, it makes the issue more compelling and the content more shocking, while giving them a kid whoÃÂs easier to work with. For the audience, 12 is more titillating (who coined that word for this kind of content?!). And a little exaggeration gives the lead a few more years to work as a child star.
The 5-minute swimming hole scene is charming, made all the more so by Felix MillsÃÂ music; in fact, the music does a great job of supporting and advancing the story line throughout the film. Mills went on to do the music for some of HitchcockÃÂs early works.
Is it worth seeing? As a camp classic, I think so. But having watched it once, I deleted it and donÃÂt really want or need to see it again.
Reviewer:Joe Winocki -
February 16, 2005 Subject:
What the "Simple Folk" do.
Shot on the cheap using atmospheric scenery, decent set decoration and
moody photography comes this expose' of the times. If you can endure
the amateur acting and pedestrian script delivered by an ensemble cast
of jug tippin mouth breathers, this film genuinely pack quite a wallop.
Even more so now.
The story is set in a rural township deep in the Ozark hills where the
adult men of the area spend their days standing around discussing how
the "women folk" are getting fewer in number and that the town's
under-age girls are "ripe for the pickin" as brides and laborers. One
such fellow, Jake (Warner Richmond), sets his sights on young Jennie
(Shirley Mills). He has already been intimate with Jennie's still
married mother (Dorothy Carrol) and now has lust in his heart for the
To complicate matters Jake is in a partnership with Jennie's
Pappy (George Humphreys) operating the local still. They have a knock
down, drag out brawl over money and Jake swears revenge after getting
the tar whipped out of him.
Cut to the next scene where Jennie and her boyfriend Freddie head for
the local watering hole for a little midday swim. This gives the
filmmakers the opportunity to exploit young Jennie by showing her fully
disrobing and taking an extended swim alone in crystal clear water that
leaves nothing to the viewer's imagination. Heck, even Jennie's pet
German Shepherd (unbilled) jumps in.
All of this frolicking around is observed by Jake leering from atop a
nearby hill (with his mother, no less, standing right next to him!).
Watching his reaction to the activities below is, in a word,
In short order that night, Jennie's Pa is wounded by her Ma after a
heated "throw-around" inside their cabin. This is seen by Jake who is
lurking around outside, window peeping. He enters the cabin and
finishes off Pa and then blackmails Ma by convincing her that she was
the one who did the dirty deed. He'll get rid of the body and keep
quiet if Ma consents to his taking Jennie for a bride.
The wedding ensues (you'll want to wipe "your" mouth when Jake kisses
the bride) but Jake is shot and killed while preparing for his wedding
night bliss. Who shot Jake? No, not Jennie. Not Jennie's Ma, and not
young Freddie (even though he is outside the newlywed's bedroom window
with his gun). And no, it wasn't Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy, Sneezy,
Sleepy or Dopey. But you'd be getting close. To get the answer you'll
just have to experience it for yourself.
How this movie passed through the censors remains a mystery. Shirley
Mills (Incorrectly spelled "Miles" on the DVD box) was a mere twelve
years old when the film was released. The frequent inuendo, stilted dialog, and the bare flesh exposed would never make it to the screen today, at least not using a real preteen and this storyline. Two years later Ms. Mills would play Ruthie in the John Ford classic "The Grapes Of Wrath".
This film gets a "4" for production but a "10" for sleaze.
Definitely one for the books!
Reviewer:Christine Hennig -
February 8, 2005 Subject:
Oh Mother! I Don't Want to Watch This Film!
Lurid trailer for the cheapie exploitation film about the not-so-charming redneck practice of marryinÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂem off young (like, about 9 years old, from the looks of the girl in this film). This actually looks like a pretty disturbing film. IÃÂÃÂve not seen it, but my experience with these kinds of films is that theyÃÂÃÂre a lot less offensive than their advertising makes them out to be. If thatÃÂÃÂs true of this film, then this trailer did a pretty darn good job of making it look creepy and awful. LetÃÂÃÂs hope it is just good advertising.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.